Friday, August 26, 2016

During a pork roast dinner with my parents on the farm 15 or so years ago, my father issued one of only two edicts I recall him ever uttering.

If you could save, say, $1,000 on the purchase of a new car or truck because it did not have a shatterproof windshield and side glass, would you cut the deal? Of course not; the safety of you and your family is priceless.

Farm bill fights usually center on the legislation's commodity title, the section that explains who, when and how farmers can tap the federal treasury should crop prices fall.

In the upside down world of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's current leaders, sound science is what they say it is and food safety seems to be what is best for agribusiness.

Be it mere coincidence or clear symbolism, the delightfully early and deliciously warm spring enjoyed by farmers and ranchers came to a stone-cold halt just days after the U.

The signs and sounds of another Illinois spring are everywhere and each one sends me daydreaming to another time, another place.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.

Giddy. Everything ethanol touches seems to get giddy on either the grain alcohol's future or its fumes.

While most farmers and ranchers spent February focused on rising futures and cash grain prices, the U.

Regardless if March arrives with a lion's roar or a lamb's bleat, grain and livestock markets will spend each of its days sweating over the U.
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